The real voyage in discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
|Discovery of the Land, mural, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress.|
I went to RWAC‘s annual day-long workshop – my second in as many years. I have learned alot about writing in my first year since I started with this fabulous, supportive group of writers, and I learned a few more things today. Here is the dime store tour:
- Website design – why it matters, what it costs and how to do it. I don’t know if I’m ready for full fledged website yet, but this has me thinking about my online presence.
- That there is no such thing as wasted words. They count. They are practice. That I can describe the air conditioning in a room, the clouds racing across the sky. And two minutes can be the start of many a good storyline.
- To juggle the push and pull of attraction and conflict between characters, and how to do it so it doesn’t sound like a broken record throughout the book. And how, once again, Jane Austen is truly a master of this.
- The power of images and sound to create a feeling that will resonate for both the writer and the reader. And that author Jennie Marsland has the sweetest voice known to man, and if she doesn’t record that voice of hers, it will be a shame. Get to her website and when she loads the trailer for her second book in the Wallace Flats series, McShannon’s Heart – watch it. I dare you not to be moved.
- That you never know who is reading your blog, and the power of collective minds tackling a problem.
I also learned this week, as I tackled chapter seven, that I think my GMC was still in chapter seven, but it was buried with too much stuff. I rewrote one small scene and cut out huge chunks that really slowed it down. I haven’t finished it, but I think thus far it’s much strong. Only time – and my CP – will tell:)
One other note – I was privileged to attend the book launch of Damaged, by RWAC’s own Pamela Callow. What a writer! Her dedication (not to mention her talent) is inspiring. It was a wonderful evening down at the old Carleton Hotel in Halifax. Halifax is my home town, and I hope Pam’s book will allow this great city (and other Canadian locations) to get their due time in front of a wider audience
I’m heading over to my Occasional Series pages and giving them an update. I often daydream about my writing while I’m walking my dog, so last week (on one of the few nights it wasn’t pouring) I took my camera along and took a few pictures. Come on over and take a look.
Hope you are all having a great writing week…and remember, there are no wasted words!